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Baron d'Holbach

Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach, was a French-German philosopher, encyclopedist, writer, and prominent figure in the French Enlightenment. He was born Paul Heinrich Dietrich in Edesheim, near Landau in the Rhenish Palatinate, but lived and worked mainly in Paris, where he kept a salon. He was well known for his atheism and for his voluminous writings against religion, the most famous of them being The System of Nature and The Universal... Read More

BornPaul Heinrich Dietrich
8 December 1723
Edesheim near Landau, Rhenish Palatinate
Died21 January 1789 (aged 65)
Paris, Kingdom of France
Era18th-century philosophy


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